Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Opens Defense Tech Start-up

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After the young entrepreneur Palmer Luckey sold off Oculus VR to Facebook for $2 Billion, he stayed on at the company for awhile, only to later completely part ways with that which he created – mostly due to his politics not lining up with the majority of Silicon Valley.

Now, he’s doubling down, backing new tech supported by the politics that earned him the scorn of many writers and their furious articles.

The new statement from Luckey confirms that he’s working on a new startup focused on utilizing camera and sensor technology to monitor border crossings, sort of like a virtual equivalent to President Trump’s proposed wall.

His plan is to use the same technology being used for self-driving cars to protect military bases, detect drones, and naturally – stop illegal border crossings.

“We are spending more than ever on defense technology, yet the pace of innovation has been slowing for decades,” Luckey said in an email statement. “We need a new kind of defense company, one that will save taxpayer dollars while creating superior technology to keep our troops and citizens safer.”

Luckey is somewhat of a libertarian, however is politics and outspoken nature on various digital forums essentially backed him into a corner, forcing him to leave Facebook.

Despite the silicon valley tycoons abandoning him, his new startup is being embraced by Trump adviser Peter Thiel – another tech entrepreneur. Thiel plans to support Luckey’s new endeavor with his investment firm, Founders Fund.

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  • Cy

    Good. I hope he ends up being successful with this.

  • Mr0303

    Pretty ballsy of him. That should be the approach of all attacked by the SJW mob – never apologise and move on.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    That idea does sound pretty cool. A virtual wall probably doesn’t have the same appeal as a real, physical one though.

  • InkViper

    Well this is definitely going to ruffle some feathers.

  • DrearierSpider
  • So this is what he’s been working on while keeping a low profile after being chased by the press.
    And for maximum salt, Peter Thiel is also on this.

    Expecting a media blitz against both of them anytime soon.

  • bdp
  • le master trole

    the hero we need

  • bladestorm91

    Wait… this is real? I almost thought this was satire. Holy shit Palmer, you are one wild guy.

  • Lionhart16

    That’s a cool dude right there. ;)

  • Lionhart16

    And apparently that line of thought has gotten some headway actually?


  • ProxyDoug

    Lol, I usually joke about making the wall a fence that solidifies when it detects people, but now it might actually be possible.